Honda satisfied fan boys everywhere when it revealed the 306 horsepower Civic Type R a few weeks ago, but not every fan may be able to foot the $35,000 entry price. Apparently Honda realizes this too, because there’s speculation that they will roll out a proper base model for 2018.
On Twitter, Honda enthusiast and host of a Honda news show on YouTube HondaPro Jason tweeted a screenshot showing two models for the 2018 Type R. The two models include a base and Touring trim level. In theory, that would mean the 2018 Type R cost of entry will be reduced from the near $35,000 of the 2017 model.
As of right now the Civic Type R is launching in Touring trim only in 2017. In the Honda world, that means the Type R comes standard with basically everything the brand offers, such as navigation system and more.
A base trim at a lower price point would likely be a more appealing option for enthusiasts and the tuner crowd. You know, the guys who want to save their money for aftermarket add-ons versus paying a higher sticker price for things they don’t want.
For now this can be chalked up as speculation, but it all certainly makes a lot of sense. The new Type R will be headed to Honda dealerships shortly for the 2017 model year; available exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox.
PSA The 2017 Honda Civic Type R will be sold in the U.S in 1 trim (touring) only. I'm guessing that in '18 there will be a base & a Touring pic.twitter.com/EaQnmvqqqm
— HondaPro Jason (@hondaprojason) April 19, 2017